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The Bataan Peninsula's most poignant site is on Mt Samat near Balanga. Atop the mountain is a 90m-high crucifix with battle scenes carved around its base. You can take a lift (which operates from 8am to noon and from 1pm to 5pm) to the top of the cross, where there is a long viewing gallery with great views out over Mt Mariveles, Manila Bay and the South China Sea.

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Nearby Around Manila attractions

1. Battle of Bataan Museum

0.07 MILES

In a bunker beneath the main Battle of Bataan shrine, this absorbing and blissfully air-conditioned museum has an impressive range of weaponry, battles…

2. Malinta Tunnel

15.94 MILES

Completed in 1932 after 10 years of construction, the Malinta Tunnel complex is built into the side of a hill and was used by the Americans as a bombproof…

3. Pacific War Memorial

16.09 MILES

The American-built Pacific War Memorial, at the island’s highest point (210m), is a shrine to the thousands from both sides who died in the conflict…

4. Camayan Beach Resort

20.35 MILES

About 25km south of the Freeport Zone just near Ocean Adventure marine theme park, is this lovely sweep of sand with plenty of water activities, a dive…

5. All Hands Resort

20.84 MILES

An unlikely location among industrial surrounds, but a nice stretch of sand to relax on midweek. Day entry is from 6am to 6pm and includes use of nipa…

6. Aguinaldo Mansion

28.87 MILES

History buffs should venture 20km south of Manila to view this museum in the town of Kawit. Here the revolutionary army of General Emilio Aguinaldo…